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Rockslide Closes PCH in Capistrano Beach

UPDATE: Road now open.

A boulder fell early this morning on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. Patch file photo.
A boulder fell early this morning on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. Patch file photo.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated at 10:26 a.m. Jan. 10, 2014 with news that the road is now open. Updated at 8:10 a.m. Jan. 10, 2014 with information about when the road will reopen. Originally posted at 7:48 a.m.

Both north and southbound lanes of the Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point were closed by a rockslide, the California Highway Patrol said today, but Orange County Sheriff's officials tweeted the road is back open as of about 10:20 this morning. 

The closure was caused by a large boulder that landed on the highway near the intersection with Beach Road, Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Andy Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the rock fall was reported around 3:55 a.m. and that several vehicles had been damaged, but it was not clear if this was from collisions with the boulder or with other vehicles.

Ferguson said deputies at the scene had estimated the boulder size at 10-
feet-by-20 feet.

Patch reader Donna Fleming said she awoke to "banging noises and jolt to the house."

--City News Service, Patch Editor Penny Arévalo  contributed to this report.

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